WaPo ‘Fact-Checker’ mocked excuse for newspaper ignoring Hunter Biden laptop story
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler receives a heavy dose of pushback after suggesting the newspaper should ignore Hunter Biden’s laptop story because they hadn’t had access to the hard drive before the mid-2021.
Kessler joined Washington Post national columnist Philip Bump in getting defensive about the Elon Musk’s Twitter Files exposed and offering a defense for their own reluctance to report on the Biden laptop.
To bump argued that “other outlets” could not match the bomb story, originally reported by the New York Post, because “they did not have access to the laptop data”.
Kessler, who, we would like to repeat, has the term “fact-checker” in its title, agreed.
“It wasn’t until mid-2021 that a source provided The Washington Post with a copy of the hard drive. Then my colleagues are immediately (to) work on it,” he tweeted. “We hired experts to assess veracity and produced articles based on things that could be verified.”
It wasn’t until mid-2021 that a source provided The Washington Post with a copy of the hard drive. Then my colleagues immediately went to work on it. We hired experts to assess veracity and produced articles based on things that could be verified. https://t.co/ERaFoPLwel https://t.co/330JZculDa
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) December 5, 2022
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Glenn Kessler’s Excuse for Not Covering Hunter Biden’s Laptop Doesn’t Hold Up
It’s impossible to overstate the absurdity of Glenn Kessler’s excuse for not covering the Hunter Biden laptop story.
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First, if the major newspapers only reported articles to which they had direct access, they would go bankrupt fairly quickly for lack of material.
Second, accepting Kessler’s premise means the Washington Post should never have reported on the laptop’s validity. But that’s not what happened.
It took the Post 532 days to finally confirm that the emails obtained from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop were genuine. And yet they kind of offered repeat comments trying to downplay the validity of the story many times over those 532 days.
The Washington Post was part of the media blackout over the story, saying the emails were ‘unverified’, ‘never authenticated’ and published news analysis dismissing New York Post reporting as “sketchy.”
They also published opinion columns calling Hunter’s story “not outrageous” and “fake.”
How could they have reported it so definitively without having access to the hard drive?
Glenn, Philip & WaPo were very careful in giving opinions on the @nypost Hunter Biden’s Laptop Story Until They Can Verify It… Oh Wait pic.twitter.com/NG3DjUBaxH
— TheRightWingM 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@TheRightWingM) December 5, 2022
Third, needing first-hand verification doesn’t seem to have stopped the Washington Post from reporting other stories that turned out to be “false” or “not outrageous.”
The collusion with Russia, the Steele dossier – which they made many fixes concerning after it was refuted – a story about Rudy Giuliani receive notice from the FBI that he was the target of a Russian influence campaign, the Nicholas Sandman smears, etc.
These headings have not been checked before printing because they could not be verified. The Washington Post ran with them anyway.
And fourth, contrary to Kessler’s claim, Human Events editor Jack Posobiec made a “standing offer to any MSM member” for a copy of the laptop’s hard drive.
“None of them even tried to accept it,” he claimed.
It has now been 18 months since I offered @JakeTapper and CNN a copy of Hunter’s laptop live on War Room
Permanent offer to any MSM member as well
None of them even tried to accept it
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 1, 2022
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Suffice it to say, Twitter followers weren’t necessarily buying what Glenn Kessler was selling regarding the Hunter Biden story.
Several responded by offering little more than skepticism about his excuse for the Washington Post not covering the scandal.
Yes indeed. There was simply no way to get the hard drive earlier.
h/t @JackPosobiec https://t.co/kdumc2Rn2V pic.twitter.com/aA1mz9QQSD
– The IT Guy (@ITGuy1959) December 5, 2022
But how did you determine that it was “Russian disinfo” as you claimed?
So why doesn’t WashPo do this with news articles about Republicans? Heck you all ran with Russian collusion which was a lie. https://t.co/5hAFIXZXJn
— The Great Intellectual (Corn/Pop) (@TheGreatIntell1) December 5, 2022
They are still desperately trying to justify their decision not to report in order to help Biden.
The final excuse is that they report nothing unless they have the original material in their personal possession. Calvinball. https://t.co/uRIX1SIIeF
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) December 5, 2022
Of course Glenn https://t.co/YyKoeUrJDH pic.twitter.com/AsJw2GQp8I
—Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 5, 2022
Here’s some more mental gymnastics from the crew who actively avoided history. https://t.co/i4h4WZCMhH
— Ford O’Connell 🐊 (@FordOConnell) December 5, 2022
Kessler, Bump and the Washington Post are either actively misrepresenting the truth about why they refused to cover the story, or they are incredibly bad at their job (just as likely).
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